"Facing an election, the president would like everyone to forget that gas prices have doubled over the past three years while he consistently blocked and slowed the production of American-made energy. From his drilling moratorium to his denial of the Keystone [XL] pipeline, the president has time and again sided with his liberal base over American families," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (Ohio).
Likewise, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was equally critical, saying in a statement that "the president's comments today simply reflect the same old empty promises we've come to expect from this White House. ... This White House has shown that it is more focused on appeasing its extreme environmentalist allies than putting forward an energy policy that works for Utahns and Americans everywhere. With gas prices and home heating costs on the rise, the American people deserve action, not more campaign speeches."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.